RAFAEL NADAL is the shortest pre-tournament French Open favorite of all-time and will start his campaign against Simone Bolelli.
The pair has met five times before and the Italian has rarely troubled Nadal for more than a few games.
They clashed at the exact same stage of this tournament six years ago and Nadal, on his way to a seventh Roland Garros title, lost just five games in the one-sided first-round encounter.
More recent matches have brought the world No 129 little more success as he has won just six games over the course of four sets, losing 6-2, 6-2 even on Nadal’s weakest surface: the indoor hard courts of Basel.
In short, Nadal is an overwhelming favorite and Express Sport will bring you all the latest action as he attempts to live up to that tag.
Nadal breaks in the 10th game of the match to take a tight first set
Bolelli hits back with an immediate break of serve but loses five straight games from 3-1 up
Play suspended because of rain after Bolelli breaks first in the third set